Pulse Survey

About

This past spring, the Board of Trustees formed a Special Committee on University Climate, Diversity and Inclusion and an Independent Advisory Panel (IAP) to assess our campus climate and advise us on issues of equity, diversity, accessibility and inclusion. Members of both the special committee and the IAP held dialogue and listening sessions with members of our community, including students, faculty and staff. With that input, the IAP and special committee began developing actionable recommendations to make our campus a more welcoming place for all.

This survey is an online questionnaire for students, staff and faculty to share their thoughts about our campus social climate at Syracuse University. We are committed to monitoring and improving the diverse experiences of students, faculty and staff over time in a scientifically valid way. The survey launches on Tuesday, September 22 and remains open until Friday, October 30.

The Campus Climate Pulse Survey aims to gauge the campus climate regarding diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion among students, staff, and faculty and strengthen our ability to create an environment that is inclusive and excellent for all. This research study was commissioned by the university’s Board of Trustees to gather information that will inform the recommendations they will implement on campus as early as spring 2021.

The survey will:

  • Establish a demographic profile of our students, staff and faculty.
  • More deeply and accurately understand the on-campus experience of students, staff, and faculty and the current campus climate with respect to equity, diversity, accessibility and inclusion.
  • Gather information in order to improve graduation, recruitment and retention rates.
  • Collect student, staff and faculty thoughts, recommendations and experiences on campus (positive and negative) with regard to equity, diversity, accessibility and inclusion.

This web-based survey is just one component of SU’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. It will create a statistical baseline for measuring climate in a way that can be repeated across time to view progress toward goals. It will also provide insight into key climate issues that warrant additional assessment.

Taking the Campus Climate Pulse Survey

  • On September 22, 2020, when the online survey opens, you will receive an email from Dr. Damon A. Williams inviting you to participate until October 30, 2020. That initial email, as well as all reminder emails, contains your secure, individual link to the survey.
  • Students will also be able to access the survey via a button on their MySlice portals.
  • The survey system will save your work as you go. That means you can return to complete the survey later, using the same personal link emailed to you. Once you submit your survey however, there is no changing it.
  • If you cannot locate one of the weekly emails from Dr. Williams inviting you to participate, please reach out to the technical support team via email: SUsurvey@DrDamonAWilliams.com
  • You must be at least 18 years of age to participate in this research study.

Pulse Survey FAQs

This survey is an online questionnaire for students, staff and faculty to share their thoughts about our campus social climate at Syracuse University. We are committed to monitoring and improving the diverse experiences of students, faculty and staff over time in a scientifically valid way. To this end, we are launching this crucial survey on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

The survey aims to gauge the campus climate regarding equity, diversity, accessibility and inclusion among students, staff, and faculty and strengthen our ability to create an environment that is inclusive and excellent for all. This research study was commissioned by the University’s Board of Trustees to gather information that will inform the recommendations they will implement on campus as early as spring 2021.

The survey will:

  • Establish a demographic profile of our students, staff and faculty.
  • More deeply and accurately understand the on-campus experience of students, staff and faculty and the current campus climate with respect to diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion.
  • Gather information in order to improve graduation, recruitment and retention rates.
  • Collect student, staff and faculty thoughts, recommendations and experiences on campus (positive and negative) with regard to diversity, equity and inclusion.

This web-based survey is just one component of Syracuse University's diversity and inclusion initiatives. It will create a statistical baseline for measuring climate in a way that can be repeated across time to view progress toward goals. It will also provide insight into key climate issues that warrant additional assessment.

The Syracuse University Campus Climate Pulse Survey will be open from Tuesday September 22, 2020 to Friday October 30, 2020. This schedule should leave plenty of time for everyone to complete a 10- to 15-minute survey.

The Board of Trustees wants to assess the perspectives and experiences of participants and the campus environment related to equity, diversity, accessibility and inclusion. This information will help the University to develop and refine our policies, programs and services so we can all enjoy a diverse, inclusive and equitable campus community, one that prepares all our students to live and lead successfully in a diverse, global and interconnected world and offers a world-class, safe environment for our students, faculty, and staff.  This survey will also establish a baseline of data from which to judge our progress over time.

All currently active students, employees and faculty across the university are strongly encouraged to contribute. The survey findings will provide critical information for our collective progress in increasing equity, diversity, accessibility and inclusion across campus. The more people participate, the more accurate the survey is and the more ideas we gather.

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete. It is powered by Qualtrics.com, a simple, secure, web-based survey platform.

The survey is completely confidential and private. Each participant’s identity is masked from Syracuse University, though the consultants running the survey will know whether each participant is designated a student, staff or faculty member. For complete confidentiality, the board has retained a neutral third party, the Center for Strategic Diversity Leadership and Social Innovation (CSDLSI) of Atlanta, Georgia, to implement the survey. This firm is not affiliated with Syracuse University. Led by diversity pioneer Dr. Damon A. Williams, CSDLSI is an organizational research and consulting firm that has conducted and statistically analyzed surveys like this for many institutions, giving participants full anonymity. Only the CSDLSI research team will have access to completed surveys. CSDLSI enforces stringent privacy, confidentiality and ethical research practices in all activities, going beyond minimum accepted requirements. Additionally, the CSDLSI team maintains strict data protection operations including secure data systems, access control, monitoring and support.

All eligible survey respondents with active University email addresses will receive a unique URL or web address, emailed to that address. The unique URL will ensure nobody takes the survey twice.

If you have completed only part of the survey and have not hit “Submit,” then yes, you can return to it (before the survey closes) by clicking again on the survey link you received in your University email.

Unfortunately, once a survey is submitted, edits cannot be made.

Unfortunately, partially completed surveys will not be received and counted without clicking the “Submit” button at the bottom of the survey.

First, the survey will create a demographic profile of our University, so it will ask for information such as race, religion, gender, disability, etc. This data will accurately capture the current composition of our community. This information is completely confidential; no one at the university will have access to any identifying information details you supply in the survey.

We also will ask about your campus experience regarding a range of statements, including whether you feel like you belong, have experienced discrimination, and more. Many of these questions will use a scale of “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree.”

Finally, the survey will offer an option to write in stories of your experiences and other thoughts. Your participation in this campus-wide research effort can help Syracuse University become a place where every person feels valued, welcome and safe.

In December 2019, the Board of Trustees formed a Special Committee on University Climate, Diversity and Inclusion. This committee was and is charged with supporting our university by identifying actions the administration can take to expedite our collective journey toward realizing safety, belonging, equity, and inclusion. The consultants who are conducting this survey will produce a report for the Board of Trustees by February 2021.

For more information,  please email the Center for Strategic Diversity Leadership and Social Innovation research team at info@drdamonawilliams.com.